Hedgehog café in Tokyo – level 3

26-10-2023 15:00

Animal cafés are quite common in Tokyo. The cafés have cats, rabbits, owls, hawks, snakes, and now hedgehogs. The new Tokyo café is called Harry – a play on the Japanese word ‘hari’, meaning ‘needle’.

There are 30 hedgehogs to play with if you come, and each is a different breed. Nine dollars on a weekday and 12 on a weekend buys you an hour with the prickly mammals.

A visitor and mother explained that it is very rare to see a hedgehog and the only way her children can see one is to come to a place such as this. A girl petting a hedgehog said that the hedgehogs were all friendly even though some might spike you.

Difficult words: hawk (a type of bird which hunts other animals), breed (a kind), prickly (covered in prickles – short pointed outgrowths), mammal (an animal whose babies eat their mother’s milk), pet verb (touch in a nice way), spike (hurt you with their spikes – the sharp things on hedgehogs’ back).

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